Bengali Cuisine,

Bengali Murgir Jhol/Sunday Special Bengali Chicken Curry/ Chicken in Thin Gravy

July 23, 2018 Motions and Emotions 8 Comments

Murgir Jhol is a popular Chicken dish prepared in Bengali household especially on Sunday. The gravy of the chicken curry is thin and runny hence called 'Jhol'. Bongs are addicted to their Sunday special Bengali Chicken Curry which is they love to call 'Robibarer Murgi r Jhol'. It is a mandate that early morning the head of the family will take a bag (Bazarer Tholi) and go to the chicken shop and bring the chicken to the 'Ginni r Rannghar' (Wife's kitchen). He never forget to tell 'Ginni aaj murgi r ektu patla kore jhol koro ar kichu lagbe na' (Wify! cook the thin chicken in a runny gravy I don't need any thing else). And now the 'Korta' (Head of the family) is much relaxed that he did not miss the Sunday ritual and got the chicken on time (As the Sun goes up the crowd increases and there are chances you may not get the chicken or you may loose the energy to stand in the queue). Now he can read the newspaper from the first to last page without missing a single political update so that he can debate with his friend in the evening. In the afternoon the lunch will be relished as the menu is 'murgi r jhol bhat' (Chicken curry and rice) and post lunch you need  'bhat ghum' (Nap after consuming rice) to successfully spend your lazy Sunday. The above piece of writing is common in almost all the Bengali households. Though the days have changed because the 'Korta' has become advanced and instead of going to the shop he prefers to order the chicken from online shop or just get it on previous day from the nearby supermarket. No! My 'Korta' still prefers to go to the shop and buy the chicken.

What is the speciality of Murgir Jhol? Don't you want to know. This is a simple chicken curry cooked with onion, garlic and ginger and few other dry spices and the gravy is thin and runny. Potatoes are must in this Murgir Jhol and it is cooked in mustard oil. Here I am sharing how to cook Bengali style Murgir Jhol.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 60 minutes
Serves: 2

Bengali Murgir Jhol/Sunday Special Bengali Chicken Curry/ Chicken in Thin Gravy
Chicken - 1/2 kg (500 gms)
Potato - 3 medium size (Cut into halves)
Onion - 3 medium size, chopped
Ginger Paste - 11/2 teaspoon
Garlic Paste - 1/2 teaspoon
Green Chilli - 2 to 4
Cumin Powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander Powder - 2 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder - 2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Tomato - 1 small, finely chopped
Sugar - 1/2 teaspoon
Bay Leaf - 1
Dry Red Chilli - 1
Mustard Oil - 3- 4 tablespoon

1. Clean the chicken and marinate with salt turmeric and 1 tablespoon of mustard oil for at least half an hour. If required you can also add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
2. Heat oil in a wok and fry the potato pieces with salt and little turmeric powder and keep them aside.
3. Now add bay leaf and dry red chilli in the oil and start frying the onions.
4. Once the onions are translucent add ginger and garlic paste and stir them well.
5. Next add green chilli, tomato and all the dry spices and cook them well.
6. Also add sugar to balance the sourness of the gravy.
7. Add the marinated chicken and fried potatoes and cover the wok with a lid and cook under slow flame.
8. Take out the lid and stir in between so that the spices does not stick to the wok and get burnt.
9. When the chicken pieces are well cooked, add 2 to 3 cups of water and allow the curry to boil and adjust the salt.
10. After that the chicken pieces are softened switch off the gas and give the curry a standing time of 5 to 8 minutes with covering with the lid.
11. Finally serve the Murgir Jhol with plain rice (white rice).


  1. mouthwatering chicken curry,makes me hungry..

  2. Such a lipsmacking chicken curry!!

  3. Lovely to see a change in the blog! Looks really nice now... :) This jhol looks lipsmacking... love how simple Bengali gravies are to make... :)

    1. Thank you dear... still not done completely.....thank you for your inputs...

  4. So yum, love to dip with bread..

  5. This reminds of childhood Sundays


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